The Los Angeles Angels made an example of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Fenway. They embarrassed the Boston pitching yet again, as they added double digits to the scoreboard for the second straight night. There was no relief in sight for the Red Sox following Friday nights nice win. The Red Sox were big winners on Friday night by a score of 16-4.
However, the next day they gave it all back with a 12-4 loss. It’s been that kind of season for the Red Sox. If you want a snapshot of their 2019 season in two nights, that’s pretty much it. A lack of consistency, primarily from their pitching staff, has been killing their chances at reaching the postseason.
The path to win the AL East is out the door. Delusional fans are the only people who feel the Red Sox have a shot at catching the Yankees and winning the division. There is a path to be had towards a wildcard, though. With their hot and cold pitching, it’s hard to feel confident in the Red Sox erasing a 6.5-game deficit. It’s certainly possible and it wouldn’t be the biggest shocker to happen in Major League baseball.
The “big” trade the Red Sox made before the deadline was for Andrew Cashner of the Orioles. The perception was that the Red Sox needed to do more than just bring in an aging depth piece for the rotation. Instead of making a push for a guy like Zack Greinke, he ended up in Houston pitching for the Astros.
Having said that, it’s entirely possible the Red Sox don’t go to the postseason if they made an impact move. They aren’t even a fringe team at this moment. In any case, the Red Sox can win three of four against the Angels on Sunday. They have to start thinking about sweeping soon, though. Cashner will be making his sixth start as a member of the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon against rookie Patrick Sandoval. Head below for our free Angels vs. Red Sox pick.
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At the time, it looked like the Cashner deal was just the calm before the storm for the Red Sox. Perhaps a valuable veteran to have in the rotation for depth while executing a trade for an elite arm to go at the top of the rotation. That didn’t happen, as Dave Dombrowski was content with settling for Cashner. It isn’t like Cashner was pitching terribly with the Orioles.
The Red Sox didn’t have to give up much to acquire him, but it was still going to be a bust or boom play with Cashner. He never really pitched on a contending team in his life and how he would react to going from Baltimore to Fenway Park under pressure was a huge question mark. Prior to joining the Red Sox, Cashner was contributing with an ERA of 3.83 in 17 starts.
In five outings with the Red Sox, Cashner has been horrible with a 7.53 ERA in 28.2 innings. He’s allowed 6 earned runs in each of his last two outings, which equates to 12 earned runs in 11 innings of play. Note that Cashner has allowed at least 4 earned runs in five out of his five starts with the Red Sox. It’s difficult to expect him to suddenly perform on Sunday against the Angels.
Rookie Patrick Sandoval has a tricky assignment in this one, though. He has made just one start, which came against the Reds last week. Sandoval was effective with 2 earned runs allowed in 5 innings, but of course, the bullpen had to go and ruin his debut. The Angels ultimately lost 7-4 in that one.
Before getting promoted, Sandoval was shaky with an ERA of 5.71 and 1.74 WHIP in the minor leagues. He’s a prospect with room to grow and getting some valuable experience late in the year now. Expect this to be a learning experience or him Sunday. However, depending on Cashner to pitch a solid enough game is tricky. The OVER looks like the best play in this contest.